Vice President U Myint Swe in his capacity as e-Government Steering Committee Chairman addressed the opening ceremony of e-Government Forum 2018, organized by the Myanmar Computer Federation, at MICT Park, Hline University campus, Yangon, yesterday morning.
Present at the opening ceremony were e-Government Steering Committee Vice-Chairman Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Tha Oo, regional ministers, Hluttaw representatives, ambassadors and diplomats, departmental heads, officials from e-Government Steering Committee, e-Government implementation committee and sub-committees, patrons, chairmen, vice-chairmen and members of Myanmar Computer Federation (MCF), Myanmar Computer Professionals Association (MCPA), Myanmar Computer Industry Association (MCIA), rectors and professors from computer universities, departmental officials, experts and invited guests.
MCF President U Khun Oo first delivered a message of greeting. Following this, the Vice President addressed the meeting and said it is a pleasure and an honor to speak at the e-Government Forum held under the theme of “Road to Digital Government” and to inform the people about establishing an e-Government that would be beneficial for the Myanmar people’s socio-economic development.
e-Government is a management system of government information and is a two-way communication, transferring of information and provision of service between government organizations, between government and business persons, between the government and the people using ICT (information and communications technology) that helps in conducting works quickly, correctly, efficiently and cheaply. As the government will have a better management system that is transparent once e-Government using ICT is firmly established, the people will also be able to do their work more quickly and easily. Furthermore, possible avenues of corruption will be reduced, resulting in the people having more trust and confidence in the government’s administrative system. Government will have to fully utilize the progressing technology to provide better and smoother service to the people continuously, said the Vice President.
For the successful implementation of an e-Government system in Myanmar, the Office of the President established the e-Government Steering Committee with executive order 14/2018 issued on 23 January 2018. The State Counsellor led the committee as patron and five key objectives were set for the committee. Likewise, the e-Government Implementation Working Committee is also formed with five objectives. The Working Committee chairman and vice-chairman are Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government and Union Minister for Transport and Communications.
On 12 June 2018, an e-ID system work committee was formed for the Steering Committee to implement its works successfully. In addition to this, eight sub-committees were formed under e-Government Implementation Working Committee. These were Management sub-committee; Basic infrastructure system, model and design sub-committee; Purchasing and government-private cooperation sub-committee; Human Resources sub-committee; Security sub-committee; Standard setting sub-committee; Research and development sub-committee and Information and international cooperation sub-committee.
At the e-Government Steering Committee meetings, instructions were made to draw up and enact law and rules related to e-ID system that are in line with the times, establishing and using Myanmar Unicode that is according to the International Standard Organization (ISO) norms all over the country as a standard, establishing of ICT institutes and conducting works that are in line with the times and the system.
To successfully implement e-Government system, in addition to setting and conducting long term processes, short term processes that provide Quick Win Services that are highly visible for the people in a short term also need to be systematically drawn up and conducted. Therefore, to support the implementation of e-Government, Myanmar e-Governance Master Plan was drawn up with funding support of Asia Development Bank (ADB), technical support of the Government of India and studying and comparing together with government departments, ministries, business owner groups, research organizations, local and international e-Government and ICT technology experts to benefit from the good experiences of the countries of the world.
e-Government system can be effectively and quickly implemented by using Public Private Partnership (PPP) system. It is required to identify and calculate priority works that can be quickly conducted with government funds and works to be conducted in cooperation with local companies. It is believed that only local companies can conduct the e-Government system continuously and in accordance with the law.
Personnel from central organizations, union ministerial departments, Nay Pyi Taw Council, State and Region governments assigned as Chief Information Officers are to strive hard toward accomplishing their duties and responsibilities in the transition to e-Government system. If they practically use what they have learnt while striving hard toward learning new subjects, the quality and service related to e-Government will be better and smoother, while their individual capabilities develop. They are urged to explain and familiarize the people they are providing service to the e-Government system. Only then can the e-Government system be implemented quickly and successfully.
According to the UN e-Government Survey 2018, e-Government Development Index (EGDI) of Myanmar increased from 169 in 2016 to 157 in 2018 due to the development of communication sector. The increase need to be in the actual work site as well as in the index level. That is why all are urged to work together toward the success of e-Government system in Myanmar by studying international experiences and best practices and acquire the good habit of overcoming the difficulties, said the Vice President.
The Vice President thanked the MCF and computer associations for participating under the direction of the e-Government Implementation Working Committee in the e-Government Forum, according to the guidance of e-Government Steering Committee
While MCF and computer associations are to continuously suggest and support required technologies for the socio-economic development of the people in the country, they are to transparently connect the government and private sector works and work together toward successfully implementing the e-Government system, said the Vice President.
Next e-Government Steering Committee Vice-Chairman Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained about the status of setting policy guidelines and norms as contained in the relevant law, in the Myanmar e-Governance Master plan, status of setting up ICT infrastructures, arrangements made to provide e-service to the people with Application Software and status of the people using the service of the government easily.
Afterwards, the Vice President posed for a commemorative group photo with forum attendees.
The second part of the forum was then continued, where group discussions under the titles “National Strategy and Framework for Digital Government,” “Implementation Challenges and Opportunities for Local Industry,” “Role of Private Sector in e-Government” and “Experts discussion” were conducted. Yangon region minister for Kayin ethnic affairs Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration Director General U Aung Naing Oo, e-Government Steering Committee member MCF patrons U Thaung Tin and U Thein Oo, MCF President U Khun Oo, e-Government Basic infrastructure system, model and design sub-committee chairman U Soe Thein, MCIA patron U Tin Win Aung, invited guests and experts participated in the discussions.